Each year, VSP Global® and the American Academy of Optometric Foundation (AAOF) provide a $4,000 grant to two students entering their fourth year at each of the optometric schools and colleges throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. This year, 46 scholarships were awarded. Chantelle Davis and Karlee Muller, Class of 2018, represent New England College of Optometry, NECO, in this year’s group of recipients. Each will receive the VSP Global® and American Academy of Optometry Foundation Practice Excellence Scholarship. They will be honored at a luncheon ceremony at Academy 2017 in Chicago.
The VSP/AAOF Practice Excellence Scholarship award recognizes fourth year students who demonstrate excellence in both academic and clinical performance and a commitment to pursuing the independent practice of optometry upon graduation. Students must be nominated by the faculty and chosen by a selection committee at their respective schools.
The scholarship committee at New England College of Optometry was tasked by selecting students who met the criteria for the award. Jonathan Jimmerson, Clinical Professor at NECO explains, “The aim of the committee was to identify students who exemplified the most outstanding facets of character, ambition and the utmost desire to give back to their respective communities.
"Coupled with their desire to provide exemplary care," he continues, "it was evident that both Chantelle and Karlee possess an immense scholastic acumen deserving of recognition. We feel that both candidates will be met with success and continue to champion optometric care.”
Included in the award is a scholarship for $3,250 and a travel grant for $750 to attend the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) annual meeting in the fall. This year, recipients will travel to Academy 2017 in Chicago in October to receive their plaque and travel grant at an awards ceremony.
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. NECO was founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, and is the oldest continuously operating school of optometry in the United States. NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our work in our school programs, community programs, community health centers, and VA medical centers.
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